The Musée Granet is hosting an exhibition of Harry Callahan's work in partnership with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris).

In 1956, the photographer Harry Callahan (1912-1999), who was then head of the photography department at the Institute of Design in Chicago, received a grant from the Graham Foundation. He set off for Europe and stayed in Aix-en-Provence from September 1957 to July 1958. He shot a series of studies of urban views, nature and countless portraits of his wife Eleanor whilst here. Whilst revisiting his archives 36 years later, Harry Callahan selected 130 snapshots from the time, labelled “French Archives”, and donated them all to the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP). These photographs were first exhibited at the MEP between November 9th 2016 and January 29th 2017 then at the Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi between May 13th and September 24th 2017. The Musée Granet now wants to introduce them to Aix's locals and visitors.

The photographs show Aix in the late 1950s, a small European town with narrow streets and humble shops. In these sunny streets, the photographer found the ideal theatre for his work on shadow and light, and on the graphic design of ordinary façades. As for his nature studies, some of them were shot in the garden at the house Callahan lived in on the road to Cézanne's beloved Sainte-Victoire Mountain. He remained true to his minimalist approach to landscapes. The images shot in Aix-en-Provence delve deeper into the detailed research and aesthetic themes explored in the photographer's previous work: the relationship with the city and architecture, photos of the streets with fleeting silhouettes, the minimalist approach to nature and, of course, the constant presence of his wife Eleanor. Based on Harry Callahan's testimonial, his time in Aix was a happy and joyful time.

With the City Pass

Admission to the Musée Granet and Granet XXe is free on presentation of your City Pass. It gives access to the permanent collection and to temporary exhibitions - offer valid for one admission during the period of validity of your Pass. With a dual admission ticket, you should go to the Musée Granet ticket office before going to the Granet XXe.

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May 18th to September 29th / Tuesday to Sunday - 12am till 6pm (from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm from 21 June)


Entrance between €6.00 and €8.00
✘ Full price 8 euros
✘ Reduced price 6 euros
✘ Free admission to the museum every first Sunday of each month.

✘ Free access with the City Pass Aix-en-Provence.

✘ Summer Pass Museum : This 15-euro Pass allows admission to all Aixois municipal museums from 21 June to 13 October 2019 :
▶ Musée du Vieil Aix
▶ Musée Granet / Collection Jean Planque
▶ Musée des Tapisseries
▶ Musée du Pavillon de Vendôme

Terms of tariffs :
Reduced: apprentices under 25, disabled people and their companion upon presentation of a disability card issued by a Departmental Home for Disabled Persons (MDPH), visually and hearing impaired, and for purchases in numbers from 15 paying visitors, full price ticket holders of less than 6 months from the Museum of Civilization in Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM, Marseille) and Camoin during the exhibition (June 11 - October 2) :
Holders of a full-fare ticket and the International Piano Festival Cadenet 2016.

Free : under 18, under 26 students, unemployed of long duration (from 6 months), RSA beneficiaries (on presentation of proof of less than 3 months), minimum pension holders, card holders Ministry of Culture, members of Icom, Icomos, AGCCPF, regional, national and international journalists/lecturers, group leaders, members of the association of "Friends of the Granet museum Teachers and students of the School of Art of Aix-en-Provence, cardholders Aix-Marseille University Culture, City Pass Aix-en-Provence.

Access Granet XXe‘s Jean Planque collection included.

Type of event

temporary exhibition

Facilities, Services and Conditions


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